Sunrise Rim Trail Loop and Mount Fremont Lookout

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Mount Rainier National Park

Sunrise Rim Trail Loop and Mount Fremont Lookout is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Greenwater , Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from March until October.

Length8.7 miElevation gain1,952 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingWalkingLakeViewsWildflowersWildlifeNo shadeFeeNo dogs
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Mount Rainier National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are per vehicle or per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is per person. You can also purchase a park-specific annual pass. Please check the park website for current rates. A loop trail on the northeast side of Mt. Rainier to Burroughs Mountain & Frozen Lake with a side trip to Mt. Freemont This is a great loop hike that will take you to a fire tower, several alpine lakes and a close up view of Mt. Rainier from the top of Burroughs Mountain with a return on the famous Wonderland Trail. The trails are easy to follow and the views are spectacular. Bring a camera.

Take the Sunrise Park Road to its end from Rte. 410 in Rainier National Park. There are campsites and the parking is free but you will have to pay a fee to get into the park.

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Aaron Stadelmaier
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Amazing

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Alessandro Burdisso
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HikingFeeGreat!Rocky

It was Sunday, October 4. We have arrived at 10:50 am. The parking lot had a lot of spots. So the trail was not heavy trafficked at all. We saw a bear, twice at different part of trail. You need to take water with you, there is no water sources on the trail. You have to pay entrance fee.

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Robert Tindell
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This was part of a larger hike. Lovely trail on a lovely day!

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Kayetan Wozniak
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Haiying Kuang
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Mira Vane
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Sourabh Chougale
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We went there a night before. Slept for a while and started hike at 4:30 AM. It’s moderately busy on trail and very busy up there for sunrise.. gets less crowded as soon as sun rises.. 1. Carry enough water 2. Carry something to eat (energy bar, chocolate, bananas) 3. You must use hiking shoes as sports shoes won’t work and might injure you 4. Parking is definitely a problem after 8 AM

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Gina Gentry
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Great views!

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Gina Gentry
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nice hike up to the Fremont Fire lookout and then doubled back and did the Burroughs. Was not too busy and everyone was was wearing masks and keeping their distance.

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Sarah Leland
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HikingFeeGreat!No shade

Spectacular hiking and unbelievably gorgeous views of the mountain, especially from 2nd Burroughs! Pretty decent wait at the park entrance, even at 8am, but plenty of parking when we got to Sunrise. We started with Mt Fremont, then made our way down and back up to Burroughs, then took Sunrise back to the lot. It was sunny and warm unless the wind picked up...and on 2nd Burroughs the wind was nonstop. Bring a covering and maybe even gloves, it was pretty chilly up there for sure! I cannot say enough for the beauty of this area and how well kept the park is. Rangers abound and everyone was so friendly. It was busy but not overwhelming and most everyone was masked. Definitely coming back here again soon!

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Tenzin Wangyal
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Wonderful hike ... had to wait about 30 minutes at the entry gate ... was windy and cold up on top once you passed the frozen lake .. but it’s worth it will definitely come back again... definitely liked the picnic area ..

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Andrew Thornton
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Very crowded. About half the people we saw were wearing masks. We finally arrived at Sunrise around 11:15ish after waiting in line to get through the gate for about an hour. This is definitely a hike that would be best enjoyed earlier in the day. There’s not really any tree cover outside of the Sunrise camp area so it can get pretty warm. The wind happened to be pretty strong when we went, so it made finding a lunch spot a little tricky, but once we had it, the views made everything worth the while. Overall the views are amazing and definitely a different side of the mountain from Paradise, next time we’ll either get up earlier or camp here to begin with the night before.

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Helen Ho
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Kam Magee
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Great trail. Will go back for sure! Start clockwise and don’t follow the crowd. Next time we are starting from the left. The fields of wildflowers are breathtaking and you avoid all the traffic. We took a side trip to the Burroughs Mountains. Highly recommended and you get up close and personal with the east flank of Mt. Rainier.

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Rhonda Valdez
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Very very busy trail even on a weekday. We went early Friday morning last week. Arrived at 9:30 am and lot was already half full. Beautiful day. Hardly any bugs. People were pretty good about social distancing and mask wearing. Beautiful wildflowers.

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Lynn Mathews
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Nicole Dawn
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Amazing day! Gorgeous flowers & glaciers!

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Kyra Patel
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Completed 8/1/20. Fee to enter Mount Rainier National Park. Drive/Parking: Fully paved road and large parking lot. It’s a popular hike so arrive early. I arrived at the trailhead at 9am and the lot was close to full. Long line of cars at the entrance to enter the park from 8:30am into the afternoon. Trail Conditions: I did the loop as seen in the map and highly recommend it. You get a fantastic dose of four different trails in the Sunrise area. I hiked it clockwise which I enjoyed as it gave the best views for pictures on the hike up, but I would say it’s equally steep no matter which direction you take first. The hike includes The Burroughs, Shadow Lake, Frozen Lake, and Mount Fremont Lookout. The lookout had the best views in my opinion. The Burroughs were much closer to Mount Rainier. The snow banks are very doable to the first and second Burrough without spikes or poles. I did not do the third Burrough but it looked straightforward, just steep. Bring a jacket, it gets cold at the tops of the trail. LOVED THIS HIKE!!!

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Alicia David
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Hiked this loop on Saturday. Got to the pay station at 9:45 am and had to wait an hour to get into sunrise. They soon after closed access to that side of Rainier. So go early on weekends! Trail was amazing at every turn. Rainier smacks you in the face up at The Burroughs. Still a couple of snow fields on the way up to second Burroughs and one snow field going back down Sunrise rim trail. Easily passible with tennis shoes. Some bugs so bring bug spray. And the chipmunks at the second Burroughs are little thieves. Probably one of my favorite hikes so far. I clocked in 10.5 miles and 254 flights of stairs on my Fitbit so I think the count is a bit off.

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